About the Laguna

Recreation in the Laguna: Parks and Trails

Here are the two most popular recreation brochures!
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail GuidePDF files opens in a new window
Paddling the Laguna de Santa RosaPDF files opens in a new window

The Cotati Creek Critters have put together a walk route that explores the southern-most reaches of the Laguna. Download the Headwaters Loop Walk PDF files opens in a new window description and route map.

NEW! Southern Laguna Discovery Trail- Sonoma County Water Agency
This 1.2 mile trail was created as part of the Southern Laguna Restoration project, a collaboration between the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Laguna Foundation that improved water flow in the Laguna, widened the riparian zone (thus increased wildlife habitat!) and creates a healthy future for the natural communities that include all of us. More than 4800 native plants and approximately 15,000 native grass seedlings have been planted over 30 acres. Here is a great opportunity to get to know some of the plants early in their life cycles so you can witness their growth and watch nature in action over time! How to Get There: The trail head is located just west of the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Stony Point Road. The parking area is on the west side of Stony Point Road, south of the bridge that goes over the Laguna. View mapPDF files opens in a new window

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail- Regional Park website has more details
The Laguna de Santa Rosa trail is Regional Parks’ newest trail, offering a unique opportunity to see the biologically diverse landscape of Sonoma County’s largest freshwater wetland. The trail runs on the east side of the Laguna channel between Highway 12 and Occidental Road, with trailheads and parking areas located off of both roads. A 1.8-mile multi-use trail is open to hikers, cyclists and equestrians and includes an overlook area with benches and Laguna and vineyard views. Paved with crushed stone, the trail is fully accessible for wheelchair users. An unpaved .6-mile pedestrian-only path loops off of that segment toward the riparian cover along the channel. View Map PDF files opens in a new window

Laguna Wetlands Preserve - City of Sebastopol
This is the best place to access the Laguna itself. You can walk the gravel trails past ponds and marshes to the seasonal bridge, or sit on benches under towering valley oaks and Oregon ash. A two mile hike encircles the entire area. Trails are accessible to walkers and wheelchairs but not bikes. Dogs allowed on leash. How to Get There: From the first stoplight on Highway 12 upon entering Sebastopol, turn north on Morris Street and proceed to the Sebastopol Community Center, where there is plenty of parking. The Preserve entrance borders the Sebastopol Community Center and Youth Annex. Trails MapPDF files opens in a new window

Laguna Uplands - Open Space Preserve
Laguna Uplands is a small gem in Sebastopol’s backyard located just behind Palm Drive Hospital. The views overlook the Laguna, across the Santa Rosa Plain to Sonoma Mtn. and Mt. St. Helena. A short trail leads to a memorial bench and a perfect spot to contemplate the beauty of the Laguna area. No bikes. How to Get There: From Highway 116, turn east on Palm Avenue and follow to the end of the street. Park in front of the property or along the street, but be careful not to block the neighbors.

Santa Rosa Creek - City of Santa Rosa
Follow cool Santa Rosa Creek under towering oaks and thick willows, on top of the gravel access roads maintained by Sonoma County Water Agency. You may surprise wood ducks, kingfishers, great blue herons, or maybe even an otter as you walk along, so keep your binoculars handy. At 0.7 miles along the trail, the City of Santa Rosa’s Delta Pond will appear on your left. The end of the trail is at 1.5 miles, where Santa Rosa Creek meets the Laguna channel. The wide gravel trail is suitable for walkers and mountain bikes. Dogs allowed on leash. How to Get There: The entrance to the trail is on Willowside Road, 0.5 miles south of Guerneville Road and 0.5 miles north of Hall Road. Use the trail on the south side of the creek and head west. The northern trail peters out after half a mile. Park on the wide shoulders along Willowside Road near the trail. Santa Rosa Creek Trail SystemPDF files opens in a new window

Laguna de Santa Rosa Protected Lands Trails Plan
Currently, we are participating in the trail planning for Laguna property easements held by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Please visit their website to download a draft Laguna Trails PlanPDF files opens in a new window. The project aims to provide access to five properties located along the Laguna for public recreation and environmental education through establishment of a trail system.